Fixed Bridges and Removable Dental Bridges
If you are missing teeth, one solution Dr. Morrow may suggest is a dental bridge. There are fixed bridges and removable bridges. He can help you decide the one right for you.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a natural-looking structure used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are hardly noticeable.
What are the Different Types of Dental Bridges?
The two main categories of dental bridges are fixed and removable. As you can probably tell by the names, a fixed bridge is cemented in place and a removable bridge is not permanently attached.
In a traditional fixed dental bridge, the pontic (false tooth) has crowns attached to either side. These crowns are cemented to the adjoining teeth and help to hold the pontic in place.
A resin-bonded fixed dental bridge is anchored with resin and metal bands instead of crowns. This type of fixed bridge may be used if the adjacent teeth are very healthy and firmly anchored into the jawbone. The metal bands are fixed to these adjacent teeth with a strong resin, and then the pontic is anchored to the bands.
A removable dental bridge is also known as a partial denture or a removable overdenture. Removable dentures are made of replacement teeth attached to a pink plastic base.
What the Dental Bridge Procedure?
To get a fixed, traditional bridge, your dentist will most likely have to reduce the teeth that are adjacent to the empty space to make room for the crown. He will take an impression of that area of your mouth, which he will send to a lab where they will make your bridge. At your next visit, he will put your new bridge in and make any adjustments. He will cement or bond the bridge in your mouth.
If you are getting a removable bridge, the process starts with your dentist taking impressions of your mouth and writing a detailed prescription for your dentures — what size they should be and how they should look. This prescription is sent to a lab where the dentures are made.
What are the Advantages of Dental Bridges?
Whether you have lost teeth from an accident, decay or advanced periodontal disease, it is important that you don’t ignore the problem of missing teeth.
Missing teeth can lead to a decrease in the quality of life. It can make you self-conscious about smiling or talking. It can interfere with eating. And, if missing teeth are not replaced, your other teeth move out of position, causing problems with your bite. The area with the missing tooth is more susceptible to gum disease, and the surrounding teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay.
Which Dental Bridge is Right for Me?
Dr. Morrow will consider many factors when deciding, which kind of bridge would work best for you. He will evaluate your remaining teeth, your gum tissue, and the strength of your jawbone.
For patients who have a healthy jawbone but have lost all of their teeth, a dentist will likely suggest a fixed dental bridge. If a patient has lost all their teeth and has a weak jawbone, a dentist will most likely recommend a removable bridge.
Dental bridges can make it so you are no longer self-conscious when smiling or talking. They can also mean you can enjoy eating your favorite foods, just like you used to be able to do. It is important to have all of your teeth to maintain the shape of your face, distribute the forces in your bite properly and to prevent remaining teeth from moving out of position. Another advantage of fixed bridges is that they can feel much like natural teeth.
However, you have to get used to removable bridges. You might feel strange eating and speaking for the first few months. Until you get used to your removable bridge, it might help to stick to soft foods and to stay away from chewy and sticky foods that might move your removable bridge.
How do I Care for my Dental Bridge?
Whichever kind of dental bridge you get, it is important to take care of it. With fixed bridges, this is as easy as brushing and flossing as you usually would. You should pay special attention to flossing under your bridge so that cavities don’t have a chance to form.
Removable bridges should be removed and rinsed after every meal. You should brush them at least once a day, and clean your mouth when your bridge is out. You should also soak them overnight to thoroughly clean them.
If you need a bridge, you may have a lot of questions you need answered, including dental bridge cost. Dr. Ira S. Morrow, DMD, can help you to decide which dental bridge would be right for you! Call his office in Yonkers, New York today at (914) 476-4040 to make an appointment!